Thursday, 31 January 2013

#18 Ah so that's what it is (4)

First let me start with responses

Carolefindsherwings - I never noticed that before XD, and yes it was the Human Torch.

Mashematics - brilliant, exactly what I was looking for :)


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

#17 What?! (4)

Another Week Another Picture, but can you tell me What is it?


Hmmm, i'll show you what it is but if you look care fully you might find that you've already seen it ;)

Apollo..

Saturday, 26 January 2013

#16 Spider-Man Noir

Spider-Man Noir is a 4 part mini-series, asking what if Peter Parker was born in the early 19th century and if he became Spider-Man at the height of the Great Depression?


The story starts with a death. The death of J. Jonah Jameson. It starts with Spider-Man being found at the scene and immediately assumed the murderer (even in 1933 Spider-Man can't catch a break). Then the scene flashes backs to 3 weeks prior, with Ben Ulrich hiring Peter Parker to be his assistant, after Parker gets in a fight with notorious gang lord, Norman Osborn. Peter follows Ulrich around, seeing the worst things the Great Depression has made, from Hoovervilles to an apartment fire (caused because somebody in the building couldn't keep their payments to Osborn).

Spoilers

Soon after this, Peter walks in on Ben using heroin and goes out looking for stories on his own, following a tip intended for Ulrich. Peter views Norman's thugs retrieving a shipment of what was described by the thugs delivering the shipment as "voodo, juju, mojo... all that weird stuff". In this shipment there was a case of spiders. The spiders escape and one of them bites Peter (What a surprise!). Peter discovers his powers and decides to stop Norman's reign of terror. However, when confronting Osborn, he is shocked to find Ulrich taking payments from Norman, and runs from Osborn's office. Then, after the Vulture comes after Aunt May, Peter decides that Osborn should be removed from his position of power immediately. This leads up to the final confrontation between Osborn and Parker. Parker realizes that, in the end, killing isn't the way and lets Osborn live. However Kraven, one of Osborn's body guards, has other ideas and drags him into the sewers. The story ends with Peter revealing his identity to Felicia Hardy and promising that there will always be good guys to fight bad guys and that the good guys always win.


Spoiler end

Review time. The bit I loved most about this story is how accurately it portrayed the Great Depression. Having studied this area of history in depth through my A-Level course, I know that the writer didn't just think “let's set this in the Great Depression” and made stuff up as they went along. From the Hoovervilles to the corruption, to Prohibition and speak-easies, everything they mentioned was real. This story was a really good, accurate representation of the time, other than the fact that Spider-Man is alive, so a thumbs up to David Hine. Also a thumbs up to Carmine Di Giandomenco for making the art look absolutely stunning. I really commend him on how the comic feels old using new techniques.

So that's all from me for now. Again don't understand anything and want to just leave a comment, I'll do my best to answer. TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Friday, 25 January 2013

#15 Fear Itself: Spider-Man

Fear Itself is a company wide cross-over. I've already explained about its origins in Essential X-Men #39, so if you want the full story go there :P



This arc of the Fear Itself focuses on Spider-Man and how he deals with the impending crisis.

The story starts with, in my opinion, a brilliant opening. 3 panels, each showing a different person Spider-Man would encounter over the next 3 days: Robert Christansen, C.F.O of Roxxon Oil; Karen Anderson, 8 and a half months pregnant and John Russel, Homeowner. All three have a reason to be afraid and only one person can help them. Spider-Man.

Spider-Man goes through hell for these people. Whether it's face planting a wall to stop someone falling, smashing through stained glass windows, or facing Angir (the recently transformed Ben Grimm) breaker of souls.

Spoilers

In his final confrontation with Angir, Spider-Man actually dies and is only resuscitated through the work of probably the only sane person in the city, Dr Rafiee. While Spider-Man contributes nothing to the actual stopping of Sin and her Worthy, Spider-Man does save a hospital full of people, along with several others along the way.

Spoiler end

Review time: 

I really loved this story, how the different characters meet and interact, but the best thing about it was how it showed Spider-Man's unmovable will. There he was, smacked so hard by Angir he went into cardiac arrhythmia, yet he still manages to get up afterwards and dissuade Angir from attacking the hospital. And after defeating Angir, with 72 hours of non-stop action Spider-Man, still manages to get up at the end of it and go out and further help people.



There is another reason I love this comic. It published a letter I sent in to them a month ago, which I am really proud of. :)

So TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Thursday, 24 January 2013

#14 Ah so that's what it is (3)

I'm quite surprised that I got no guesses this week but I do admit that it was a hard one.


Following Mysterious Pepsi's challenge last week I decided to take a leaf out of his book and used a Lego Darth Maul. :) I know it's not what most people would call Comics but I assure you Darth Maul has appeared in Comics.

So stay tuned for next weeks What?!

TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

#13 What?! (3)

After last week's easy (to some people) What?! I've decided to up my game this week. Have fun! :)


Thursday, 17 January 2013

#12 Sandman: Worlds' End


You know when a book’s foreword is written by Stephen King, who is singing the book’s and the writer’s praises, it is going to be good.


Worlds' end is a collection of short stories, written by Neil Gaiman, and the 8th volume in the Sandman series. The stories are all told by travellers, who are stranded at an Inn called Worlds' end. Travellers such as Brant Tucker, who narrates the intermediate between stories; Jim, a Sailor from 1908; Mister Gaheris, a man who lives in fear of cities; Cluracan, an Elf who was returning home after a diplomatic mission; an Asian man spreading the word of Prez and Petrefax, telling a story of an Air Burial.

I'll admit when I first read Worlds' end, it didn't jump out at me as great. I understand the level of detail and skill that has gone into this book, and I appreciate it. It's just I feel that, because the book switches from story from story, I don't have enough time to really appreciate or get to know the person telling it. The best part of these stories was definitely the writing. Neil Gaiman is well known for a reason. His depth and intricacy was stunning. These worlds, of which I only saw a maximum of 22 pages, I felt were fully developed, especially the world of Necropilis, which Petrefax tells us of. This is a world dealing with burying the dead (hence Stephen King's interest XD). Also there is a certain depth to these stories, of which I find a perfect example in Mistress Veltis telling a story of her withered hand, which is told in a story by a member of the Burial Party, which is told by Petrefax, who is in a story told to us by Neil Gaiman. (I just hope you can follow that, and if you can't read the Novel and you'll see what I mean)

No spoilers this week, because to tell them all would take up of my revision time which I have set aside and ruin the story, and the thrill of finding out for yourself. And to The Mysterious Pepsi, I know this is technically Vertigo, but that’s still DC. TTFN, LL’n’P

Apollo..

#11 Ah so that's what it is! (2)

Yes Mysterious Pepsi was right it was indeed House of M #1.


Keep your eyes open as a review of this should be coming in the next couple of weeks :)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

#10 What?! (2)

Ok guys easy one this week, all I want is the name of the Graphic Novel. Simple right?

Hmm what's the name?

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

#9 Avengers Invaders

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Avengers Invaders is a Time Traveling/altering story written by Alex Ross and Jim Kruger, and drawn by Steve Sadowski.

The story enters a year after the events of the Civil War where the 2 Avengers teams have split into the Secret Avengers (Spider-man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Ronin, Iron Fist, Echo, and Dr Steven Strange, who are all hiding from the law), and the New Avengers (Ms Marvel, Wonder Man, Ares, Wasp, Black Widow, Sentry and Iron Man, who are funded by the government). While Spider-man is evading arrest, the Invaders, a 1940's superhero team (Captain America, Bucky, Human Torch, Toro and Namor) arrive in the middle of New York 2008, along with a soldier Paul Anslem, transported by a mysterious mist. Needless to say the Invaders are confused and, having just come from WW2, they attack the first thing that opposes them and generally become a nuisance. After being pursued by the New Avengers, the Secret Avengers rescue Toro, Human Torch, and Bucky.

*Spoiler Alert*

After being rescued Dr Strange leads the Secret Avengers plus Toro and Bucky (the Human Torch gone off to distract the New Avengers) to New York Sewers, where D'yspare is using the cosmic cube to amplify his powers and cause the whole world to despair (complete coincidence of course). With the 2 teams now reunited through an Ultron Threat, they intend to send the Invaders back to their own time. However Paul Anslem believes he can make the world a better place. He steals the cube and saves his friends from death; however he forgot to protect himself and is gunned down. The Cube then finds its way to Red Skull, who changes the future dramatically. The only heroes to survive this are all of the Invaders, Luke Cage, Spider Woman, Mrs Marvel, Ironman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, who were all protected by a spell cast by Dr Strange just before he died. These 9 heroes then travel to Germany to retrieve the Cube. Following a major battle, it comes down to Captain America verses Red Skull in a brutal fight. The Cap' wins the fight and sends everyone back to their original time, correcting all the damage that had been done. After this the 2 teams of avengers create a temporary peace to properly mourn Captain America's death.

Review Time

This was my first Graphic Novel, so obviously I’m a bit biased, but I love this series. It has everything a comic needs: heroes fighting bad guys, heroes fighting heroes, complex moral thinking, big team battles, and quite a few interesting twists. Jim Krueger gets everyone's voice perfect, and Sadowski gets everybody’s looks right. Normally in a comic, background characters lack detail, but in this comic I can see everybody crystal clear. It was an absolute joy to read and definitely recommended :). So TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Friday, 11 January 2013

#8 Trial Of Captain America

The Trial Of Captain America picks up just after Baron Zemo Jr. has released to the media the fact the current Captain America (Bucky Barnes) was former Soviet Russia Spy and Killing machine, The Winter Soldier.


Of course the American Media wasn't going to take this lightly, so they demanded a trial for Bucky. After an Entire Comic worth of deliberation, Bucky, the recently resurrected Steve Rodgers, and the fellow Avengers decide that a trial would be in Bucky's best interest, in order to maintain a good public image. So Bucky hands himself over to the authorities for trial, while Sin (Red Skull's Daughter) does her best to disrupt the trial by sending in a tape of her rambling about how Bucky was a willing accomplice to all that he was ordered to do.

*Spoiler Alert*

After the majority of the trial has passed, Sin sends a tape to Bucky, stating that if he didn't escape from prison and come to rescue his friends Falcon and Black Widow, she would blow up the Statue of Liberty with Falcon and Black Widow inside. Bucky couldn't let that happen, so off he goes to the Statue of Liberty, where, after a small battle, Sin escapes, giving Lady Liberty a black eye and making Bucky and Steve wondering what is to come. Going back to the court room the Judge is disappointed with Bucky, but gives him 20 years Community service.

*End Spoiler*

Review time. Right this was the first review I've written where I actually don't like the story. At the moment I'm having trouble telling why this is, because the story should be really intriguing. I love the characters, but the story didn't stick in my head or stand out all that much. The Best part of the Storyline was discovering Sin’s role in the trial, and her escape/torment of Bucky. The Best part of the comic comes in the form of a dream sin is having about how she perceives herself in her father’s eyes, and the burning desire she has to be the son he always wanted. The Characters show a depth people think Captain America lacks, highlighted by the fact that Bucky questions if he should hand himself over, he quite clearly had a reasonable defence and it could be reasoned that the trial was unnecessary, as there has been many atrocities done by heroes while under mind control and there has been no legal action against them. I think this fact coupled with the VERY disappointing ending is the reason I don’t like this particular story. As such it gathers a rather low rating from me.

As before any questions just ask. Also you might have noticed that I've changed from doing specific comics to story lines within a comic. I think this will be better for both me to review and you the reader to understand, rather than review 3 different parts to 3 different stories as is the case in some comics.
Sorry for it being a few days late I couldn't get the motivation up to write this one, but here it is. So TTFN LL'n'P

Apollo..

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

#7 Ah So That's What It Is

I know I said I'd post it tomorrow, but I want you all to know.


It was Batman's utility belt, from the recently released Lego Batman 2. I was walking through town today and saw this, I thought of 1 person. My girlfriend Mash. She's just gone back to University, and had an exam  this afternoon. She agrees that this is a 'you finished your exam' present XD.

Heart warming moment over, Ha ha Mysterious Pepsi it was DC :P

#6 WHAT?!?!?!

Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No it's...

Well actually they don't know what it is. That's up for you guys to figure out :P

Is it Dr Doom's latest death ray? The Jokers new dance Craze that he's infecting the city with?
Or Mysterious Pepsi's real face?
I'll put another post on here actually detailing who/what it is tomorrow. In the mean time, TTFN, LL'n'P, and have fun guessing

Apollo..

Monday, 7 January 2013

#5 My friends can beat up your friends

My friends can beat up your friends is a story that appears in The Astonishing Spider-Man across numbers #79 and #80. This story first appeared in The Avenging Spider-Man Series, a series set up following Spider-Man's adventures with his fellow Avengers.

The story goes a bit like this, Spider-Man finishes a mission with the entire avengers, and is transported back to New York by the Red Hulk, only to find that Moloids kidnapping J. Jonah Jameson, New York City Mayor. Red Hulk and Spider-Man are subsequently Swallowed by a Giant Ground Worm and transported underground as well. When they come to they realize the Moloids kidnapped them because they had been defeated and needed rescuing from Ra'ktar, the New king of Subterranea.  After accidentally challenging this new king for his throne, JJJ nominates the Red Hulk as his champion. Red Hulk loses the battle, and it is left up to Spider-Man to stop the invasion of Manhattan. Spider-Man takes Red Hulks Place as Champion of the Upperworld. After a brutal fight with Ra'ktar, Spider-Man in a last ditch attempt to gain the upper hand, by swinging razor sharp rocks at him. Unfortunately Spider-Man misses him and only gets his trousers, thus removing Ra'ktar of them. Fortunately for Spider-Man this public shaming counts as a loss in Subterranea. 

Review Time. I really liked this comic (so did my sister, but that's because she is fascinated with the Red Hulk). I really liked how focused Spider-Man was on retrieving his fellow Avenger, not because it was the right thing to do, not because he particularly liked the hulk, but because "I can't walk into Avengers HQ without my teammate next to me. I can't even think about doing it". This really shows how much of a need to save people Spider-Man has. Most Superheroes have a need to save people, but I think Spider-Man's is greater because of how young he was when he started being a superhero (15), as most comic fans agree he is probably in his late 20's now, he has spent most of his life trying to save people. At this point I don't think there is anything else Spider-Man can do if someone is in danger other than try to help them.

On the Art work side of things, I quite like Joe Madureira's work, although sometimes the eyes are a bit to Manga style for me, but I’m going to ignore that small detail because he gets the rest of the comic spot on :)

Again if anyone has any questions feel free to ask. TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

#4 Essential X-Men #39

UNSTOPPABLE


This was how the Fear Itself was first presented in the X-Men portion of the Marvel Universe. Fear Itself is a company wide cross over and described quite well by 'the Story so far' catch up at the start of this comic.
Sin, Daughter of the Red Skull, breaks into a Nazi stronghold and finds a mystical hammer. It grants her superhuman powers. Sin seeks out the Serpent, a sinister ancient being whose return has been anticipated by Odin, leader of the Norse gods. Odin commands the Asgardians to leave Earth. When Thor challenges him, a furious Odin strikes him down and orders his imprisonment. Sin leads a Nazi attack on the United States. An army appears wielding robotic war-suits, striking at several major cities. The serpent summons other hammers to Earth. The Hulk finds one and is transformed into Nul, breaker of worlds. He begins a path of destruction. The Juggernaut is also changed by a hammer and becomes Kuurth, Breaker of stone. (directly from the Story so far)
In this comic we see The Juggernaut, now known as Kuurth, march his way towards San Francisco, the current home of the X-Men. The X-Men deploy a multitude of plans in order to incapacitate Kuurth, from Magneto trying to stop Kuurth's armour with his magnetism powers, to Emma Frost invading his mind, and Avalanche literally removing the ground upon which Kuurth walks. Do I really need to say that none of this delays Kuurth much, let alone stops him. So the X-Men start to consider drastic options. They talk to Colossus' sister Magik, who takes them to the Crimson Cosmos to talk to Cyttorak (the Deity that originally made Marko Cain the Juggernaut). Cyttorak realises that his Avatar has betrayed him by taking the hammer. He then offers the powers of the Juggernaut to Magik. Colossus, being the good brother he is, takes her place, much to the dismay of his girlfriend Kitty, who had just become tangible again.

Summary over, now to the reviewing part :). I really loved this entire comic. The story left me wanting to find out what happens next issue (which is good as this particular story hasn't finished yet). Even the sub-plots, such as the Mayor of San Francisco sending an order to prepare for a military strike on the X-Men's headquarters, and the page dedicated to how Emma Frost deals with being forced out of Kuurth's mind, lead me to want to find out how everyone will be affected after the story has finished.

The art work in this story also really appealed to me. Greg Land, who did the pencils, really captured Kitty in a way that seems perfect to me. My only complaint is his style tends to change every now and then. Maybe this was done on purpose, to show different attitudes or paces of story, but for me it just made the story seem jumpy and unprofessional.

Ok that's the review part over. I thought I'd just add a little in just to make things clear. I know that I have referenced a lot of things here that normal comic readers won't understand so if there are any questions, please feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer :).

so TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo

#3 New Years Resolution

Hello and a Happy New Years to all!!

As previously mentioned I have recently joined a writers club and as part of our last meeting we all decided on a New Years Resolution. The first part of all of our New Years Resolutions were to post on our respective Blogs, hence the creation of this blog.

With the creation of this blog, there came a whole other avenue for my New Years Resolution to follow, so as of now I promise to post at least 1 Blog a week for the next year. This will usually be a Thursday as that is when I receive my new comics, and I will mostly be going on about how great or bad they are, what I loved about them and everything like that.

Now for the main part of my New Years Resolution. My Comic. I have recently started writing a comic, as part of my Extended project. This will be my New Years Resolution: to complete my comic book. Don't worry I will keep you all up to date on my progress, but the first half should be done by the end of February half term, so keep your eyes open :).

So thanks for listening, TTFN, and LL'n'P

Apollo..